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DDN IME Burst Buffer Exceeds 1 TB/s for Japan’s Fastest Supercomputer

“Storage performance has been one of the biggest challenges in developing supercomputers. To meet the demands for storage performance, IME was introduced to the Oakforest-PACS on a massive scale, the first such introduction in the world,” said Osamu Tatebe, lead, public relations, JCAHPC / professor, Center for Computational Sciences, University of Tsukuba. “We are very pleased that we could achieve effective I/O performance exceeding 1 TB per second in writing tens of thousands of processes to the same file. With this new storage technology, we believe that we will be able to contribute to society with the further development of computational science, big data analysis and machine learning.”

DDN Re-Energizes HPC Workflows at SC16

“At SC16, DDN demonstrated centralized storage implementations that accelerate financial and scientific analytics by 5x – extracting maximum efficiency, value and ROI in real-world customer environments using DDN products and solutions with open and commercial software including OpenStack and Hadoop. In addition to the demonstrations, DDN also highlighted its customer use cases with other open and commercial software such as Informatica, SAS GRID, R and Ab Initio, among others.”

Huawei Showcases HPC Solutions at SC16

“Huawei has increasingly become more prominent in the HPC market. It has successfully deployed HPC clusters for a large number of global vehicle producers, large-scale supercomputing centers, and research institutions. These show that Huawei’s HPC platforms are optimized for industry applications which can help customers significantly simplify service processes and improve work efficiency, enabling them to focus on product development and research.”

13.7 Petaflop MareNostrum 4 Supercomputer Coming to BSC

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced plans to MareNostrum 4, a 13.7 Petaflop supercomputer that will be 12.4 times more powerful than the current MareNostrum 3 system. In a contract valued at almost €30 million, IBM will integrate in one sole machine using its own technologies alongside those of Lenovo, Intel, and Fujitsu.

Avere Speeds Hybrid Cloud at SC16

“Avere Hybrid Cloud is a groundbreaking solution that changes the economics and functionality of data storage and computing. Avere Hybrid Cloud enables companies to leverage public and private storage clouds, IaaS, and elastic compute for workloads previously limited to on-premises high-performance (HPC) storage systems. With Avere Systems, you can achieve unlimited performance scaling, eliminate latency and cut storage costs by more than 50%.”

HPE Goes All-Flash for Public Cloud with 3PAR, Lowers Long Term Storage Costs with Spectra Logic

Today HPE announced today a comprehensive initiative that brings together the best of on-premises performance, application availability, and control with the convenience and agility of public cloud consumption models.

SGI and DDN Power UK Met Office SPICE System for Weather and Climate Research

SGI, Bright Computing, and DDN recently announced that the UK Met Office has selected the three HPC vendors to provide HPC for its new Scientific Processing and Intensive Compute Environment (SPICE) system. SPICE will enable weather and climate researchers to dramatically reduce time required to analyze massive amounts of climate simulation data.

RSC Tornado Breaks Record with 1.41 Petaflops per Rack

Today Russia’s RSC Group announced that the company has achieved a record compute density of 1.41 Pflops per rack using direct liquid cooling and Intel Xeon Phi processors. “RSC supported the TUM student team from Munich with 8 nodes mobile cluster based on RSC Tornado direct liquid cooled architecture. This computing system provided stable operation of computing nodes in “hot water” mode at +63 °С cooling agent temperature at node inputs and had the following configuration: 72-cores Intel Xeon Phi 7290 processors, Intel S7200AP server boards, Intel SSD DC S3500 Series M.2 340 GB solid-state drives, switch and adapters based on Intel Omni-Path high-speed fabric, highly efficient Micron DDR4-2400 VLP 16-32 GB memory modules.”

BSC Paper: Scale-in on Large-memory Nodes to Save Energy

Researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center have received the award for Best Paper of the MEMSYS 2016 conference. “This study confirms that improvements in the memory system can have significant impact on the real world, improving power and energy, performance, and/or dollar cost. The MEMSYS program committee liked the study especially because, in contrast to most of the prior research, it can be applied immediately in the production systems, and it requires no changes to the system architecture, Operating System, system software or applications.”

Huawei Showcases FusionServer X6000 at SC16

“Huawei’s new-generation FusionServer X6000 HPC platform, based on the Intel Scalable System Framework, provides the balanced performance, scalability, and flexibility to efficiently handle a wide range of HPC workloads,” said Hugo Saleh, Director of Marketing and Enabling, Intel Scalable Datacenter Solutions. “The FusionServer X6000 is a great example of how Intel Xeon processors and Intel Omni-path architecture can combine to build industry leading solutions with innovative fabric features that optimize performance, resiliency, and traffic movement.”